Matasi, Kahata and Harambee Stars who Mulee must call up for next Afcon qualifiers

Matasi, Mohamed and Kahata of Kenya.
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After Kenya failed to pick meaningful results against Comoros in their last engagements, Goal looks at players who might help win the remaining ties

  1. Patrick Matasi

    Patrick Matasi

    The St George SC goalkeeper played vital roles to secure Kenya’s place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

    But since then, he has been missing especially in the last four qualifiers where Kenya have managed to pick three points from three draws.

    The experiment with Ian Otieno looked to have worked before Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee preferred Arnold Origi for the Comoros double-header. His performance is testament enough that another goalkeeper is needed and Matasi could be the ideal choice.

  2. Musa Mohamed
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    Musa Mohamed

    Just like Matasi, the Lusaka Dynamos star was part of the team that featured in the Afcon qualifiers before 2019 and ended up taking Kenya back to the continental podium for the first time since 2004.

    He played in all the matches in Egypt but since then he has been overlooked by both Francis Kimanzi and Mulee in the subsequent games.

    Being a multiple Premier League winner with Gor Mahia and once with Nkana FC as well as being a Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup-winning captain, it is time the centre-back is given some more time at the national level.

  3. Francis Kahata

    Francis Kahata

    Francis Kahata was also part of the team that was in Egypt when Kenya battled against the eventual finalists Senegal and Algeria and defeated Tanzania in the group stage.

    The former Gor Mahia star left for Simba SC after the Afcon participation where he went on to win the Mainland Premier League, the Azam Cup and the Community Shield.

    The former Thika United midfielder, given his experience and title-winning credentials, should be given a more prominent role at Harambee Stars.

  4. Philemon Otieno
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    Philemon Otieno

    Although an injury sidelined him since the August 2019 Chan qualifiers against Tanzania, the Gor Mahia star will bring some stability in the defence as he has done before.

    Being a utility player, Otieno can offer more options in defence and even in midfield should injury issues strike the team.

    A Premier League winner with Gor Mahia, Otieno, just like Kahata and Mohamed can bring valuable experience for Harambee Stars especially after stumbling against Comoros.

  5. Jesse Were
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    Jesse Were

    The KPL Golden Boot winner is a proven goalscorer and his presence will offer Harambee Stars a competitive edge in front.

    The Zesco United all-time scorer would have been a key factor especially in the last two Afcon qualifiers where Kenya missed another goal-scoring machine in Michael Olunga.

    Although critics might point to the fact Were has been a less effective striker for the national team, giving him more call ups may help end the jinx.